Welcome to post one of five within our series, “The Building Blocks of Healthcare - IT Modernization. Every other week, we’ll be bringing you a new topic within this series focused on the best and most efficient ways to approach modernizing your IT environments. Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect:
- Post One: Devices and Operating Systems - 5 Smart Technologies focused on Outpatient Care
- Post Two: Security - that defends against cyberattacks without disrupting productivity
- Post Three: Collaborative apps - that work across all devices and are hosted in multiple operating environments
- Post Four: Management - solutions for heterogeneous device estate that includes corporate, personal devices, wearable, and others.
- Post Five: Connectivity and IAM
What Is IT Modernization?
In the digital era, modernizing IT infrastructure is an unavoidable requirement for organizations looking to deliver:
- Quality services for end-users
Modernization is all about updating your IT infrastructure and automating processes to secure more efficiency, security, and agility in operations. Productivity and collaborative applications use devices that majorly impact employee experience. Proper device modernization enables businesses to significantly boost performance, mobility, and productivity whilst keeping core hybrid teams engaged, committed, and immersed. Limitless devices, complex configurations, and regional hardware have proven to be a major pain point for businesses implementing device modernization strategies.
No sector of care is changing faster than that of outpatient care. Smart technologies focused on outpatient care should be the aim of smart medtech investors. Below are 5 technologies to watch out for.
“mobile health”, meaning the practice of medicine via a mobile phone, is what mHealth stands for. It is a submarket of eHealth, otherwise known as ”electronic health” which initially focused on the use of computers, prior to the ubiquity of mobile devices. Through the use of mobile apps there can be communication between patients and their medical providers, promotion of medical education and awareness and also, notifications to support chronic disease management or regimen adherence. Enabling patients to perform more medical functions frown their own home will reduce the pressure on hospital admissions, trending toward better outpatient services.
Telemedicine and Telehealth
During an era when people want to spend as little time as possible in waiting rooms, telemedicine has drawn significant attention. Telemedicine and telehealth adopt the use of remote communication to perform medical visits that would traditionally be performed face-to-face. These new solutions provide extreme efficiency as they alleviate the burden of inpatient admissions by relocating some of them to telehealth outpatient treatment.
And telemedicine does not only provide a simple Zoom conference between a patient and a doctor but it also provides automated processes, such as simple data-driven diagnostics, AI customer support and physician live-chats.
Wearable devices such as the FitBit and the Apple Health suite of fitness monitors on the Apple Watch, could potentially contribute to the overall fitness of the nation, reducing pressure on hospitals. Wearable devices, however, have the ability to play a more direct role in facilitating successful outpatient care. Other apps are in development to monitor cardiac outpatient subjects’ breathing and circulation during the critical sleeping hours, enabling emergency responders to react quickly in the event of an incident, reducing the need for a long inpatient monitoring period.
If patients can be monitored outside of a hospital there are fewer patients that need hospitalization. The use of WiFi, cellular data and other forms of Cloud connectivity to monitor patient vitals from anywhere in the world, have given and will continue to give outpatient care a massive boost. Medical Things (IoMT), a subset of the IoT that consists of the network of medical devices connected to the internet. Examples include:
Implanted blood glucose monitors
Implanted heart monitors
Implanted EEG monitors
These devices provide large amounts of data to the medical provider, which can be parsed for patterns by AI learning machines, and they also provide a solution for fast response in the event of an emergency, reducing the need for long inpatient monitoring periods.
Although portal technologies are not novel technology, as almost every web enterprise has its own member portal, the sensitivity of medical data and HIPAA concerns add extra pressure on the creation of medical portals and the sort of information that can be extracted from them. Medtech companies are now rising to that challenge. By providing better access to inpatient records, secure patient portals will facilitate the transition to more effective outpatient care.
Future Proof Strategies
Proper IT modernization mandates patience, resources, and the expertise of cross-functional teams to deliver future-proof strategies that take advantage of new and innovative technologies. IT modernization takes your technology infrastructure to the next level via key upgrades. Modernizing IT streamlines business processes, automates productivity, and brings new efficiencies. INFRASI brings the right alignment to IT modernization costs, technology supply chain, partner ecosystem and value. Dont, wait! Contact us today!